|Kirk Douglas||Michael 'Midge' Kelly|
|Marilyn Maxwell||Grace Diamond|
|Arthur Kennedy||Connie Kelly|
Scrappy Michael ''Midge'' Kelly, on the run from a shotgun marriage and needing to help support his handicapped brother, Connie, angles his way into a short-term job as a boxer. His life of hard knocks has given Midge a fiery temper and a will to win that quickly makes him one of the most popular fighters on the circuit. But when he gets instructed to take a dive in a championship bout, his bosses learn that no one tells Midge Kelly what to do.